The Circle

The Circle

By James Ponsoldt

  • Genre: Thriller
  • Release Date: 2017-04-28
  • Advisory Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 1h 49min
  • Director: James Ponsoldt
  • Actors: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
  • Awards: United Kingdom, United States of America
  • iTunes Price: USD 12.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 5.99
7.1/10
7.1
From 1,668 Ratings

Description

When Mae (Emma Watson) is hired to work for the world’s largest and most powerful tech & social media company, she sees it as an opportunity of a lifetime. As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company’s founder, Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks), to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and ultimately her personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment and every decision she makes begin to affect the lives and future of her friends, family and that of humanity.

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Reviews

  • Requires Intelligence

    4
    By ......geez
    Yes, the ending isn't perfectly resolved, like the fairy tale movie the 5 year olds who rated it saying "nothing happened" expected. It is instead a movie that to me asks the viewer questions about what's important to them, about their morals, and to me that's the message people should be looking for in the movie. Ask yourself, "WHAT CAN I LEARN FROM THIS?", not "What happens??".
  • Blatant lack of subtlety

    2
    By A. W.
    While the point about the dangers of overwhelming connectedness via social media is a message I can agree with, the story is presented without any subtlety whatsoever -- and I'm not generally the kind of person who highly values "nuance" in my entertainment. The movie bludgeons the viewers with a corporation that blares a Google-like cult. An allegedly "regular guy" is chased to death by a social-network-tech-paparazzi. And somehow Tom Hanks is made into a charismatic corporate cult leader. While it makes claims "We're not going to be Amish" by the people who might resist overconnectedness, it doesn't really pose an alternative between the extremes of overconnectedness and Luddite-like withdrawal from the Internet. Everything is so obviously black and white with this movie that the viewer is left feeling that nothing new or interesting has been learned or portrayed.
  • Not worth your time.

    1
    By Farty McFartbag
    They made this movie in 1994 with Sandra Bullock. It was much better the first time.
  • Great movie

    5
    By Kippyjasper4
    This is a great movie and it was well made and I think you should not read the reviews and just watch it and it turned out to be a great movie
  • The Circle

    4
    By White Dragon3
    It was relaxing & fun movie. Short bursts of drama. Short bits of comedy. Unfortunately a little bit of horror just a dash that should be edited out. I do like the visual affects. I recommend this for adults and university age people, a great date movie. A lot of low light scenes for smooches 😚. This would be boring for the young who have short attention spans and cannot keep up with the dialogue. I like the idea of handicap individuals living vicariously via video from others experiences. "The Truman Show" with Jim Carrey 1998 was very similar: for teens The game " monsters in my pocket" was similar: for young children I enjoyed all three.
  • Literally the worst movie I have ever seen

    1
    By Reef Dude
    I can’t believe this movie got released, it’s a complete disaster across the board.
  • This movie portrays the very possible future

    4
    By Hexximan
    The Circle kept my attention from start to finish and I'm not quite sure why everyone is slamming it. I thought all the actor did excellent jobs. This movie is really just a slight exaggeration of what is happening right now. Cameras are already small enough to be hidden ANYWHERE the only problem is that satellite connection requires more energy than a tiny package can manage but local bluetooth transmition is used by nearly everything. There are already people that track nearly everything in their lives on camera and social media which I think is rediculous but it is happening.
  • Believe the bad reviews

    1
    By Evelyn R
    I really loved the book "The Circle", which is a captivating sci-fi of how Facebook and "always on" cameras could drive a society to its extremes. I had high hopes for the movie and neglected to read the reviews before renting. What I expected was a movie version of the brilliant TV series "Black Mirror". What I got was a silly chick flick with awful acting. I only watched the first 20 minutes, I just couldn't bear to watch the rest.
  • Trite

    1
    By acquire
    Hard to think of any real redeeming qualities. Boring, predictable, thin characters. Even the major actors seemed to be mailing in their performances. Spend the time watching grass grow or clouds float by, it’ll be more enlightening.
  • Good

    5
    By Stalarius
    Good

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